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Raila finally sues Duale over Mumias debts remarks

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga Wednesday made good his threats and sued Leader of Majority in the National Assembly Aden Duale over sentiments he made regarding the collapse of Mumias Sugar Company.

In the suit filed at the Milimani Law Courts through lawyer Paul Mwangi, Mr Odinga says Mr Duale’s sentiments were understood to mean that he is a debt defaulter who unlawfully withheld from the people of western province money which is rightfully due.

He further says Mr Duale implied that the former Premier was responsible for the collapse of Mumias Sugar Company and that he lacks integrity as a politician.

“Your words in their natural and ordinary meaning and by way of innuendo were calculated to tarnish our client’s reputation in the eyes of reasonable people in the Kenyan society and the world at large and cause harm and injury to our client as a businessman, a politician and a leader,” wrote Mr Mwangi.

Mr Odinga claims Mr Duale said he owed Mumias company Sh40 million which he has refused to settled.

He also says the majority leader said that the people of Western Kenya and sugar farmers were unable to take their children to school due to the unpaid debt.

Mr Odinga is seeking general and aggravated damages for defamation and an injunction restraing Mr Duale from repeating the words.

He wants the courts to compel Mr Duale to foot the bill of lawsuit as well as interest on all awards from the date of judgment.